Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Theresa Rose Crapanzano
“Press pool” refers to a small group of reporters, photographers, camera operators, and technicians, typically representing a variety of print and broadcast media organizations, who are chosen to cover a particular event, a series of events, or a particular organization. Press pools are commonly employed both by government institutions (such as the White House or State Department) to facilitate day-to-day coverage, and during large-scale events (such as inaugurations, political conventions, or the Olympics) or events where space is limited, such as a trial. The use of press pools is often driven by convenience or necessity—in many situations, such as on the campaign trail or in White House briefings, there is not enough room for the entire accredited press corps to attend. Pool members are expected to take detailed notes and file “pool reports” (or, in the case of broadcast footage, “pool feeds”) to other journalists and news organizations not included ...